How You Can Eliminate Mercury Toxins During Cremation

Is it possible to have a greener cremation, despite heavy metals and toxins emitted during the cremation process? Some states, funeral homes and other entities are striving to create the ‘greener’ cremation that helps to eliminate some problems that occur during this funeral process, but few of them are located in the U.S. The following information may help you to eliminate mercury emissions if you choose cremation as your burial option and if your mouth contains fillings that include mercury.

Greenwashing in the Cremation Industry

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is a Chicago-based industry group that has projected that 38 percent of all deaths this year will finalize in cremation. This is a 12 percent increase since 2000. Additionally, cremation rates are expected to rise to 50 percent over the next fifteen years.This news may prompt many funeral directors to expand their cremation services for those individuals who seek a simpler death care process that is less expensive than a traditional burial. But, for those funeral directors to tout this death care service as ‘green’ is – to put it bluntly – “greenwashing.”

Looking at Cemeteries as Landscape Architecture

Are you thinking about full-body donation or cremation after death? Or, have you thought about a green burial in a cemetery that eschews traditional memorials? If so, you are part of a rising majority of citizens who seek alternatives to traditional funerals. In the process, this movement has pushed the traditional U.S. cemetery into a category that relegates these burial grounds to open-air museums.

Funeral Home Options

Have you thought about how your body might be handled after you die? If so, you may have considered creating options for your burial now, even when young. But, the thought of walking into a funeral home to discuss those options might keep you from making those decisions.

Heritage, Music and Death: When Irish Eyes are Smiling

The other day, we listed songs, singers and directors from President John F. Kennedy’s funeral in 1963. This past Friday evening, Kennedy’s brother, Senator Ted Kennedy, was memorialized in a special televised tribute to his past before the burial that was slated for Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery. Z on TV wrote:

Historic Funeral Traditions in the News

This week in the news, you can find several funeral traditions that have been upheld, from the Catholic wake to the Dakota culture. In addition, one story portrayed a tradition that was upheld in a somewhat non-traditional way. From these stories, you may get some ideas on how you’d like to be remembered as well!

A DIY Casket Now is Available

Do current casket prices make you wish that you could live forever? Or, does it make you want to look for another solution to the inevitable death and burial? One man, after learning that a relative’s funeral cost $12,900, decided to go another route and offer people a choice. His casket kits can be assembled with a screwdriver and glue and cost only $250.

The Differences Between Organ and Full-Body Donations

Are you planning to donate your body to science when you die? Or, are you planning to be an organ donor? While both plans are noble, there is a vast difference between full- or whole-body donations and organ donations. The difference may be enough to foil your death care plans for yourself, and it may cost your family some money in the long run. To that end, the following information may help you make more detailed plans for the disposal of your body once you die.

“Felix and Fido” Amendment Maker Dies

Jim King, a popular Florida Republican lawmaker and former Florida Senate President, died this past Sunday after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He will be cremated and interred at the year-old King Life Sciences Building on the Florida State University campus. FSU dedicated that building to King last year in recognition for his help in securing state funding for biomedical research.

The Four Manners of Death

Have you ever wondered how many ways someone can die? The cause of death is the reason an individual dies. This means that a heart attack, any chronic disease, a gunshot wound or a skull fracture are causes of death. However, each cause can alter an individual’s physiology in different ways. For instance, a gunshot would may not be fatal to one person, but another person may died from that cause. The mechanism of death, then, would represent that actual change that causes a victim to die.